Topic: Society & Culture

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.16

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on global issues.

 

Differences between countries become less evident each year. Nowadays, all over the world people share the same fashions, advertising, brands, eating habits and TV channels. Do the disadvantages of this trend outweigh the advantages?

 

Note the way the question is worded: it’s asking you to examine the advantages and disadvantages of cultural globalization. Before you start writing, look at how to organize your answer for this type of question.

Here’s a good article that examines the same question. Read it carefully and note down vocabulary that you could use. Then, jot down some ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.15

Here’s a sample Writing Task 2 question on an unusual but fairly easy topic.

 

Happiness is considered very important in life. Why is it difficult to define? What factors are important in achieving happiness?

 

This is a classic two-part question. Here’s an essay structure for this type of question.

I found this great article that discusses some of the points you can include in this essay. Here, I have taken brief paragraphs and highlighted good band 7+ vocabulary: (more…)

IELTS Vocabulary: Toys and gender

We discussed this IELTS Speaking Part 3 question in class today. Most students responded well to the question – perhaps they found it easy – and had something to say about the topic. They could also relate the question easily to their own childhood and that of their children.

In fact, many great thinkers have raised and discussed the same question for years now. Roland Barthes, a great French philosopher, wrote an essay on ‘Toys’ which linked toys and gender for the first time.

I thought it was interesting that nearly all the students in my class said it was ‘natural’ for boys to be attracted to boys’ toys and girls to be attracted to girls’ toys. So before I show you a (very short) summary of the essay, think about the following questions: (more…)

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.9

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Several languages are in danger of extinction because they are spoken by very small numbers of people. Some people say that governments should spend public money on saving these languages, while others believe that would be a waste of money.
 Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.8

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Some people think that in the modern world we have become more dependent on each other, while others think that people are now more independent. 
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions . I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.6

Here’s a great video I came across the other day. It explores questions of gender, socialization and equality – all three are popular topics in IELTS exams. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

The history of marriage

Alex Gendler traces the history of marriage back to ancient times, explores how the purpose and meaning of marriage has changed over the years and the different kinds of unions that mean marriage.

 

With the rapid increase in divorce rates, has marriage become obsolete? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.4

Here’s another good video to practice listening skills and learn some excellent vocabulary for a popular IELTS topic. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

What adults can learn from kids?

Child prodigy Adora Svitak talks about the things adults forget – creativity, curiosity, and optimism.

 

What do you think adults should learn from children? Share your ideas in the comments below.